Joey (Concrete Blonde song)

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Single by Concrete Blonde
from the album Bloodletting
B-side"I Want You"
GenreAlternative rock, New wave
LabelI.R.S. Records
Songwriter(s)Johnette Napolitano
Producer(s)Chris Tsangarides, Concrete Blonde
Audio sample

"Joey" is the ninth track from Concrete Blonde's third and most successful album Bloodletting. The song was released in 1990 and was written and sung by Johnette Napolitano. One interpretation is that the song is about a photographer (Joey Mas) who is inordinately fond of alcohol.[1] Napolitano mentioned in her book Rough Mix that the song was written about her relationship with Marc Moreland of the band Wall of Voodoo (who would eventually die of kidney failure following a liver transplant). The song was written in a cab on the way to a photo studio in Philadelphia; it was the last vocal recorded on the album due to Napolitano's reluctance to record the lyrics, which were hard for her to deal with.[2]

The song became the group's biggest hit, spending four weeks atop the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and crossing over to pop radio, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100; it remains their only charting song on the latter chart. The song also reached number two in Australia, held off the top spot by Faith No More's song "Epic," and ended 1990 as Australia's sixteenth best-selling single. In Canada, the song reached number four on the RPM Top Singles chart and was ranked number 53 on the magazine's year-end chart for 1990.

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  1. ^ Peter Buckley, ed. (2003). The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (Third ed.). Rough Guides. p. 222. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0.
  2. ^ "Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde : Songwriter Interviews". February 8, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. ^ " – Concrete Blonde – Joey". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. ^ " – Concrete Blonde – Joey" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1327." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 47, 1990" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. ^ " – Concrete Blonde – Joey" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Concrete Blonde Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Concrete Blonde Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Concrete Blonde Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Concrete Blonde Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1990". ARIA. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  14. ^ "1990 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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